Doctors see two types of scoliosis in adults. One is the type of scoliosis doctors also see in teenagers. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. In some cases, the curve progresses and begins to cause symptoms in adulthood. In other cases, it is not diagnosed until adulthood. The second common type of scoliosis seen in adults is degenerative scoliosis. At the new Midtown East Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, surgical patients are treated by: Doctors Who Treat Adult Scoliosis. Adult scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the bones in the spine that can twist or rotate to the left or right. This type of scoliosis can occur in adults due to untreated curvature as a child or degenerative spinal conditions like disc degeneration and spinal stenosis.